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Larry David: Thanks For Tax Cut!  
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8289 posts, RR: 26
Posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2163 times:

A bit of tongue-in-cheek here from the co-creator of Seinfeld, who is receiving just under a billion dollars (in bits and pieces) in the show's syndication deal.

THERE is a God! It passed! The Bush tax cuts have been extended two years for the upper bracketeers, of which I am a proud member, thank you very much. I’m the last person in the world I’d want to be beside, but I am beside myself! This is a life changer, I tell you. A life changer!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/opinion/21david.html?_r=1

Not sure how he intended this to go over though...or am I just not getting it?


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User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

I'm pretty sure it's sarcasm, like he's saying that extending the tax cuts for the rich is reeaaaaaaaaallllly going to turn everything around. I could be wrong, but that's what it feels like to me.


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User currently offlinedoug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3442 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):

Not sure how he intended this to go over though...or am I just not getting it?

Did you read it?

Quoting larry david (Thread starter):

It’s also going to be a boon for my health. After years of coveting them, I’ll finally be able to afford blueberries. Did you know they have a lot of antioxidants, which prevent cancer? Cancer! This tax cut just might save my life. Who said Republicans don’t support health care? I’m going to have the blueberries with my cereal, and I’m not talking Special K. Those days are over. It’s nothing but real granola from now on. The kind you get in the plastic bins in health food stores. Did someone say “organic”?



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8289 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Yeah got that drift from the part in the rant about being able to afford blueberries. The guy has a penthouse view of Central Park for cryin out loud  


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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
Not sure how he intended this to go over though...or am I just not getting it?

Funny, I had exactly the same reaction! I knew it was supposed to be tongue in cheek, but somehow I still didn't quite get it. Then again, I don't quite get "Curb Your Enthusiasm" either. Maybe my humor circuits need a tune-up.



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Reply 5, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Larry David is more than welcome to write a larger check than necessary to the United States government if he doesn't feel he is paying enough taxes.

Will he? Nah, probably not, obviously.



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User currently offlinewn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Never understood why so many wealthy americans are ok with the rates the pay for taxes. Not trying to open up a debate, but just on general principle that as I've gotten wealthier myself, I've also gotten a bit more... miserly, shall we say... I look back at some of the purchases I've made further back in my youth and just shake my head sometimes... Anyway, if/when I ever get to a level like that, there's no way I'll be alright with higher taxes, loss of tax breaks, etc...

User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8289 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 5):
Larry David is more than welcome to write a larger check than necessary to the United States government if he doesn't feel he is paying enough taxes.

As Bill Gates Sr. put it so well - you could do that if you wanted to, but they'd just send it back.

Quoting wn700driver (Reply 6):
Never understood why so many wealthy americans are ok with the rates the pay for taxes.

I think as one gets to a certain point...say billions...they realize they'll never live long enough to use/spend it all anyhow. That would at least partially explain the attitude of a Warren Buffett or Bill Gates regarding their money. On the other hand there are the Larry Ellisons who are trying to spend it all before their time is up.



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2764 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Thread starter):
Not sure how he intended this to go over though...or am I just not getting it?

I think you suspect you might not be "getting it" simply because it's not all that funny, and it should be, as it bears Larry David's imprimatur.

Yeah I can't listen to wealthy liberals complain about their lower taxes. Why do they want taxes to be higher? Whatever ultimate objectives they want those higher taxes to accomplish, why not use their own wealth toward getting them accomplished within the private sector?



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Reply 9, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 7):
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 5):
Larry David is more than welcome to write a larger check than necessary to the United States government if he doesn't feel he is paying enough taxes.

As Bill Gates Sr. put it so well - you could do that if you wanted to, but they'd just send it back.

Oh, no they won't:

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/gift/gift.htm

It is extremely easy to donate money to the U.S. government, yet only $3M was donated last year. Maybe wealthy liberals should put their money where their mouth is. But they won't. Hypocrites.

Meanwhile, I appreciate that my taxes won't be raised for at least the next two years, because contrary to popular belief, not everybody who is in a household making over $250,000 a year is some multi-billionaire software guru who can "easily" afford higher tax rates.



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User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

I read it, frankly, I do not get it either. I know he has a different sense of humor. He is obviously a wealthy man who can afford anything he wants. He seems to be poking fun at the wealthy who say they just need these tax cuts to survive, and yet I really do not get his points. Is he for or against the tax cuts? Is he laughing at the wealthy, who complain of the hardship of paying more taxes? Is he laughing at,or sympathizing with the common man who does have to scrimp a little while on vacation? Maybe his point is, try and figure it out, it seems to work both ways.


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User currently offlinewn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 7):

I think as one gets to a certain point...say billions...they realize they'll never live long enough to use/spend it all anyhow.

Oh, I'll find a way, don't you worry. There are a few things I'd do if I had billions lying around, hell one's even kind of altruistic (in a ridiculously mean spirited way, I have to admit, but probably ultimately good...). The point is, I can of better/cooler things than taxes to buy into at that level. Like my little immortality project, for example...


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13198 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

It was toungue in cheek. I suspect he would have accepted the modest increases in Federal income taxes on higher incomes as a small price to pay for our country.

User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8289 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Quoting wn700driver (Reply 11):
Like my little immortality project, for example...

Got one taker already...  

Some of these guys have no imagination though. I mean look at Ellison - a 40 acre Japanese garden he's never home to look at? Tens of millions down the tubes annually funding an America's Cup team??



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User currently offlinewn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1817 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 13):
I mean look at Ellison - a 40 acre Japanese garden he's never home to look at? Tens of millions down the tubes annually funding an America's Cup team??

I know, right? Booor-ing!


User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5615 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (3 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 1797 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 12):
It was toungue in cheek. I suspect he would have accepted the modest increases in Federal income taxes on higher incomes as a small price to pay for our country.

...as would most any of us, if there were the remotest chance it could legitimately help.

But it cannot.

Our issue is not inadequate revenue; it's excessive spending, exclusively.



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